Over the past 7 weeks, we’ve witnessed a phenomenal response to the lockdown. Many aspects of our society have s been able to come together online. Our true stiff-upper-lip and can-do, Bristish mentality, has moved digital mountains for us to stay connected. We’ve witnessed businesses arguably bring teams closer together, teachers setting distant learning for pupils, we’ve shared Birthday’s remotely, laughed with friends on Zoom and still managed to virtually meet with our clients.
We’ve been shown that the internet can continue to connect us, even when we are unable to physically meet. It allows us to still further our career, develop our skills and strengthen our businesses.
One area that has seen an upsurge in demand is online learning. It appears that even throughout a crisis, we still recognise the benefits to expanding our knowledge and skill set, and for companies, it enables their employees to continue educating themselves in key areas that will benefit the organisation. While traditional education routes such as seminars, training days and workshops are doubtlessly beneficial, they do have their drawbacks; they can be time-consuming, costly and inflexible.
E-learning methods, including live webinars, AI education and online portals, provide more freedom with less associated downtime and ongoing access to resources.
Let’s say you have booked a training session for 50 members of staff from 10am-4pm. That could include an hour’s travel, one hour lunch break, perhaps some networking before and after, and a debrief post-event. We think you can do the maths……
From hiring the venue and providing a buffet, to reimbursing travel expenses, hosting a seminar can be expensive.
There is also the cost involved to sending employees on training. Re-read the “time” paragraph above!
One speaker can deliver a lesson to hundreds or thousands of students simultaneously. Staff in Cardiff can attend the same virtual session as their colleagues in Qatar. No matter how spread out a company is geographically, the same content can be taught to all team members at the same time – and best of all, they can interact with each other, sharing thoughts and insights.
E-learning allows people the freedom to access material where they want, when they want. They can upload their training from a phone on their commute, or via a tablet in the evening.
The flexibility that online training offers is vast. No person learns at the same pace, and this modern method of educating allows those who take a little longer, the freedom to do just that. Upskilling your workforce is an integral part of every organisation and deciding which route you choose to deliver your education is key, it’s important we add here that some face-to-face training should never be replaced with virtual, particularly that of a sensitive nature.
However, we ask that you do your research and a little due diligence into:
1- the viability of online training for the subject matter
2 – who you want delivering the content
3 – the associated costs.
Sounds good? If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us here.